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We are delighted to share a recap of the memorable and touching event in our community in June ­– the 71st Annual Parade of Remembrance, organised by Senior Master, Mr Phil Cooney. This event served as a poignant tribute to honour and remember the sacrifices made by our brave Old Boys throughout history.

The 71st anniversary of the Annual Parade of Remembrance was held on Sunday 4 June and was a joint effort between The Scots College Cadet Unit and Pipes and Drums, who collaborated to create a heartwarming and solemn occasion.

The primary purpose of the Parade was for the boys, staff, parents and carers to pay respect and express gratitude to our fallen heroes who selflessly gave their lives to protect our nation and uphold the values we hold dear. Through this event, we aimed to instil in each student a sense of reverence for the sacrifices made by those in uniform.

The 130 members of the Pipes and Drums, clad in traditional full Highland Uniform, led the Parade from Victoria Road onto the Main Oval. Their disciplined marching and music left a lasting impression on everyone present. The Cadet Unit, dressed in immaculate uniforms, followed the Pipes and Drums with precision and grace.

Brigadier Malcolm Wells DSC AM inspected the Cadet Unit and Pipes and Drums throughout the Parade. Brigadier Wells and Principal, Dr Ian PM Lambert gave speeches, reflecting on the significance of the day. These heartfelt words reminded us of the importance of remembering our history and the importance of standing united in times of challenge. The Year 12 Cadets and Pipes and Drums and Old Boys’ Union Pipes and Drums concluded the Parade with a march back up to Victoria Road.

The Scots College Orchestra was honoured to contribute alongside the Pipes and Drums, Cadets, and Old Boys to the 71st Parade of Remembrance by performing a selection of repertoire before the commencement of the Parade. Together with The Roar during the Parade, they led the Scots community in the hymn Abide With Me. 

The 71st Annual Parade of Remembrance was a moving and significant event that allowed the College community to come together in remembrance and reflection.

This is especially important for Remembrance Day – may we remember those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the line of duty.

The Scots College is a proud member of the following associations.

The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.